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I’m back.

May 6th, 2007 · 117 Comments

As one can tell from scrolling through the sparse entries over the past 6 weeks, I’ve been laying low. It’s actually been a nice little holiday - I find that a break every now and again helps gets the creative juices flowing again. Plus I’ve been working on a couple of other projects, […]

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Tags: Government · Medicine · Oncology · Politics · Rant

Grab your tissues. This is what Pulitzer Prizes are for.

April 18th, 2007 · 41 Comments

It’s coming up on 3 years for me as a pediatric oncology fellow. As I’ve discussed earlier in this blog, it take an increasing amount to generate an overt emotional response. I’ve come to the conclusion that this is due to the fact that my emotional range has been severely re-calibrated as a […]

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Tags: Cancer · Fundraising · Oncology · Pediatrics

“You don’t mind if I tape this, do you?”

February 19th, 2007 · 23 Comments

A couple of weeks ago, when I had a serious bout of insomnia, I stayed up until past two o’clock in the morning watching All The President’s Men. It’s one of my all-time favorite movies.
I noted the absence of tape recorders as the fictionalized Woodward and Bernstein went about their investigations. […]

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Tags: New ideas · Oncology

Evangelical Oncologist

February 13th, 2007 · 22 Comments

I don’t know if it’s the shorter days of winter, or the busier days in the laboratory, but nearly two weeks have passed since I’ve written anything here and it seems like only a few days. It is certainly not for lack of good material. I keep two folders - one on the […]

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Tags: Blogging · Fundraising · Oncology

So Much | So Fast

January 22nd, 2007 · 7 Comments

I now have to stop talking about poop GI matters for a while since Adam is going to give the impression that I have an obsession of some sort with the stuff.
Instead of spending time in the laboratory tonight (for which I’m feeling tremendously guilty), I ambled down to my favorite moviehouse, the Coolidge Corner […]

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Tags: Cancer · Medicine · Oncology · Science · Technology

Cancer Slang

December 30th, 2006 · 26 Comments

I could probably write page after page on just the linguistics of oncology. I’ve realized, after a few years at this, that how I speak (word choice, tone, etc.) is often as important as what I say. I’ve also noticed that parents devise their own ‘cancer slang’ as much as physicians do. […]

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Tags: Cancer · Language · Oncology · Pharmacology

Prices Drop, Stomachs Roll

December 26th, 2006 · 9 Comments

One of the prescriptions that I write for the most is not a chemotherapy drug. It’s for Vitamin Z. Zofran (ondansetron). It’s a staple of our trade. It is for oncologists what Lasix (furosemide) is for cardiologists, and what Flonase (fluticasone) is for allergists. We give it out […]

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Tags: FDA · Oncology · Pharmacology

When to cry.

December 16th, 2006 · 15 Comments

So before I launch into a rambling diatribe, let me please remind everyone that submissions for the upcoming Pediatric Grand Rounds should be sent to me soon. I’m leaving on a well-deserved vacation on December 17th, and so Grand Rounds will be up (I hope) late on the 16th.
Now, where should I […]

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Tags: Cancer · Medicine · Oncology

In The First Person …

September 26th, 2006 · 6 Comments

It has been a while since I’ve mentioned how much I love the serendipitous nature of the Internet. The fact that by following threads here or links there, I can find so many items of interest is a never-ending source of amusement. Quite some number of months ago, I came across the weblog […]

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Tags: Blogging · Oncology

A few more thoughts …

September 19th, 2006 · No Comments

It’s Tuesday.  Well, at least it was Tuesday at some point today.  Being on-call does tend to disconnect one from the clock.  And the weather for that matter (when did it start raining tonight?).
As I was saying - it’s Tuesday, which means that the NY Times has the usual cornucopia of healthcare-related stories for me […]

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Tags: Cancer · Medicine · Oncology · Pediatrics

Post/Pre-Call Tidbits

September 6th, 2006 · No Comments

I’m not so bright. Really. Quite dim.
Ok. Maybe not all bad. But how many doctors do you know who mistakenly show up to be on-call. I can tell you of plenty who forget to show up when they’re on call. But none who not only show up when it’s […]

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Tags: Oncology · Science

A Wonderful Day in Clinic

February 27th, 2006 · No Comments

Truly a great day in clinic. Perhaps it was the fact that I anticipated the worst that made things go so smoothly. My patients all looked quite good - everyone was happy with the progress through their therapy - and there were no crises to attend to and no bad new to deliver. […]

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Tags: Oncology · Pediatrics


February 25th, 2006 · 1 Comment

What a treat. Tonight I had the pleasure of going to a benefit party for one of my patients. This delightful young woman and her family have been absolutely wonderful to care for. It’s events like this that make my job worth doing. This is the 2nd or 3rd “off-therapy” party […]

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Tags: Oncology